The Richmond Chamber of Commerce held its first virtual annual general meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, electing a new board chair, Brian Corcoran, a partner at Richmond-based PLLR Lawyers.
The virtual meeting allowed chamber members to get an update on finances and vote on a new board of directors.
Corcoran was unanimously confirmed as the 2020/21 chair.
Corcoran is taking on the leadership role as the business sector struggles with an economic downturn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our ability to guide our members through an incredibly challenging time is critical,” he said. “We must play an important role in not just their survival but hopefully their growth in the ‘new normal’.”
Corcoran currently lives in Richmond, having moved to the west coast in 2005, and he praises the city for its diversity.
“Not only does it lead to so much amazing food but it generates so many different and interesting perspectives that can only be present in such a diverse community,” Corcoran said.
The new board of directors includes Corcoran as chair, Carolyn Robertson as vice-chair, Naomi Horsford as secretary/treasurer, Fan Chun as immediate past-chair, and directors Grant Bryan, Stephanie Howes, Bernard Loh, Rachel Li, Chuck Keeling, Michael McCoy, Mark Rose and Lulu Shen.